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Paul Simon 1972 Debut

Paul Simon

(1972), 8/10
After the huge sounding and huge selling Bridge Over Troubled Water, Paul Simon scaled back both his sound and his themes with his first post-duo record. The early seventies were the heyday of the singer-songwriter era, and Paul Simon fits in with the other records from that time. It’s openly autobiographical in places, and Simon goes as far to reference himself and his wife by name in ‘Run That Body Down’. It’s low key and relaxed, mostly centered around Simon’s guitar, although as you’d expect Simon is dabbling in world music like reggae in ‘Mother and Child Reunion’ and Peruvian sounds in ‘Duncan’. The Latin ‘Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard’ is largely acoustic, but adds some exoticism with a cuica, while the terrific ‘Peace Like A River’ is just Simon with a simple rhythm section. It’s far less ambitious and wide-reaching than Bridge, and it’s occasionally unmemorable, but Paul Simon is a fine debut.

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